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Urban League of Portland
  • Portland
  • Compensation range is from $15.00 to $18.00 an hour, commensurate with education and experience. The position is full-time (40 hours/week), with benefits.

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Urban League of Portland 10 North Russell Street, Portland, OR 97227 (503) 280-2600

GROUP: Workforce Department

SUPERVISOR: Workforce Programs Director

DATE: December 21, 2017 ACCOUNTABLE TO: President and Chief Executive Officer

COMPENSATION: Compensation range is from $15.00 to $18.00 an hour, commensurate with education and experience. The position is full-time (40 hours/week), with benefits.

SCOPE OF WORK: The Youth Program Coordinator is the lead facilitator for the Urban League of Portland’s Afterschool Leadership and Summer Youth Programs, and is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating culturally-specific youth programming for African American students and other youth. The Coordinator works with Urban League staff, volunteers and tutors in implementing Urban League youth programming including chaperoning, preparing lesson plans and tutoring during homework club, summer programming, volunteer activities, presentations, and events. This person will serve as a leader, coach and role model, to middle and high school youth, and young adults. This position requires organizational and time-management skills, adaptability, attention to details, good people skills, computer knowledge and an interest in helping to empower youth. The professional must be willing to participate in training, willing to travel and attend Urban League events along with other related activities, as necessary, which may include evenings and weekends. The position offers professional development and skills training, with the unique opportunity to engage directly with program participants.


1. Research and develop positive programming for youth Assess the program requirements of youth in the community

Communicate with youth to determine their needs and interests

Communicate with organizations that represent youth to determine needs and interests of youth

Research funding sources and project requirements

Secure funding and prepare funding proposals (grant writing and reporting)

Ensure a variety of educational, sport, recreation, cultural and other programs are planned and implemented

Ensure program information is available via Urban League website and social media

Evaluate the effectiveness of programs

2. Plan and implement activities for youth

Supervise the day-to-day needs of youth programs

Plan and implement year-round youth programming, including afterschool and summer programming

Facilitate homework club and leadership development training

Schedule activities, facilities and volunteers as required

Supervise and lead activities for youth

Empowering Communities. Changing Lives.

Urban League of Portland 10 North Russell Street, Portland, OR 97227 (503) 280-2600

Plan leadership curriculum and implement quarterly

Recruit, train and supervise volunteers

Connect with the community to encourage local youth to enroll and participate in programs

Work with Youth Program Assistant and tutors to ensure students complete homework assignments nightly

Design and implement a family engagement structure, and include families in the growth and successes of students

3. Promote and market youth programs

Recruitment efforts for Youth participants, including attending functions when necessary, tabling at events, and speaking at partner organizations, if needed.

Establish and maintain effective collaborative relationships with local school and community partners, businesses partners.

Organize and work cooperatively and effectively with individuals and groups; with the ability to transmit knowledge and skills to other staff, youth and adults.

Ensure that youth and youth organizations are aware of available activities

Arrange for advertising of youth programs

Maintain contacts with local, regional and territorial organizations for youth

Develop relationships with community partners to assist in delivering relevant workshops throughout the year

4. Administer youth programs

Prepare a plan for youth activities

Work with Youth Program Assistant, AmeriCorp, or summer Staff to recruit and train volunteers

Prepare the youth program budget

Prepare financial and program report

Record information on and prepare reports concerning youth programs, costs, numbers of participants and equipment and facility use

Monitor the use of equipment and facility

Provide monthly and yearly reports about youth programs and opportunities

Ensure that all programs and activities are implemented according to relevant policies and procedures

Other duties as needed


1. Strong leadership and organizational skills.

2. Courteous, effective verbal and written communication.

3. Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently.

4. Ability to learn and perform tasks quickly and accurately from verbal and written instructions.

5. Self-directed and able to multi-task.

6. Ability to organize and prioritize assigned work.

7. Ability to read, analyze and interpret information.

8. Ability to work flexible schedule, on occasions.

Empowering Communities. Changing Lives.

Urban League of Portland 10 North Russell Street, Portland, OR 97227 (503) 280-2600

9. Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; good time-management, problem prevention, and problem-solving skills.

10. Ability to present a positive and professional image to clients, staff and community through appropriatedress.

11. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information

12. Ability to use social media and other web applications.


Bachelor’s degree or four (4) years of direct experience in child and youth development, or other related field.

Experience facilitating youth groups and working with diverse populations

Grant writing/reporting experience.

Ability to work and interact positively with co-instructors, volunteers, staff and local partnering organizations

Willing to motivate youth to work hard, get good grades, and continue their education

How to apply: The Urban League is always looking for qualified, committed people, who are interested in helping others and in building a stronger community. If you would like to be a member of the Urban League of Portland team, please submit your resume and a cover letter that specifically highlights your experience and qualifications to: gro.xdplunull@tnemtiurceR and provide the job title that you are applying to in the subject line..

About the Urban League of Portland: Established in 1945, the Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the region. We are part of a network of over 80 National Urban League Affiliates across the country and are recognized as one of the leading voices for African Americans and others in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are a key coalition-builder amongst other organizations, and work extensively with both traditional and emerging groups, the faith-based community, businesses, and other organizations, including those serving immigrants and refugees. The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life. Our programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach, and advocacy. We offer workforce services, community health services, summer youth programming, senior services, meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and powerful advocacy.

Equal Opportunity Statement: The Urban League of Portland is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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